Getting to the Start

Prudential RideLondon Start Line

Getting to the Start

Plan Carefully

Due to extensive road closures for the event and the early start, we recommend that you plan your journey to the sportive very carefully and in advance.

Visit our transport options page for a number of ways to get you and your bike to the Start Line in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Cycle Routes

We suggest you plan your route to the start using existing cycle routes and come prepared with a map or GPS. Visit the TfL website for more information on cycling around central London.

The Rotherhithe Tunnel will be opened from 04:00 – 08:00 for cyclists to cross the river Thames.

Public Transport

There will be limited public transport available early enough to get you and your bicycle to the Start at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Ride Day. To make sure you arrive at the Start in plenty of time, we recommend you read the information below and visit

London Overground

We are able to offer chartered London Overground services from Richmond to Stratford departing from 05:15. You must have a reserved place to use this service. For 2019 this is a direct service with no additional stops before Stratford.

There are a limited number of places available on a first-come, first-served basis which must be booked in advance. The service is only available to participants in the event.

The Docklands Light Railway (DLR)

The DLR will be operating a normal service on Sunday 4 August. Services will be operating according to the standard Sunday schedule and stations will manage a safe capacity of bicycles on trains.

However, for the vast majority of participants the standard service may not be early enough to get to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for your start wave. Please plan ahead by visiting

Emirates Air Line is offering a pre-bookable service over the River Thames to transport participants and their bicycles from south of the river and the O2 Arena to ExCeL, which is a short bike ride from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Ensure you arrive at the cable car terminal in plenty of time to queue for a crossing and have your booking confirmation receipt to hand for the stewards on arrival.

National Rail

Normal restrictions apply to the carriage of bicycles on public transport in London. For more details, check

You are advised to check what restrictions your train operating companies may have in place over the Prudential RideLondon weekend at

If you’re travelling to Prudential RideLondon by rail with a bike, use National Rail’s PlusBike to help you plan with ease. Visit to find out more.

Drop off

There will be no official drop-off locations this year so if you plan to be dropped off by a friend or relative, ensure it is in a safe location. Transport for London is asking drivers to avoid central and south west London on Ride Day unless the journey is essential. Please also be aware that stopping or cycling on the A12 is not permitted.

If you plan to drive or get dropped off, make sure you know the route you are required to take to avoid road closures. Please bear in mind that whatever your chosen method of transport, you will need to cycle some of the way to the Start in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

To help guide you to your starting point, official event signage will begin on the A118 at Stratford High Street. Please follow the signs from there into the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

To plan your route to the start, please visit

For full details of the road and river crossing closures on Ride Day, check

Rotherhithe Tunnel

Participants who live, park or plan to be dropped off south of the river can use the Rotherhithe Tunnel to cross the river. The tunnel will be closed to traffic from 04:00-08:00.

Please note: the Blackwall Tunnel remains open to traffic in both directions and will not be open to cyclists. Participants, including those using the O2 Arena Car Park, will be able to cross the river via the Emirates Air Line to get to the Start.


You cannot use closed roads to get to the Start of the sportive, either in a vehicle or by bicycle.

Don't be late!

Otherwise your day may be over before it’s even started! All Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 waves start between 08:55-09:30 on Sunday 4 August and there will be no departures after the last wave.

Please remember that your allocated wave time cannot be changed. Each wave loading area will be monitored by stewards on the day to ensure all participants are in the correct area.